A collection of classic works by Edgar Allan Poe, American author, poet, editor, and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.
Includes: "The Unparalleled Adventures of one Hans Peall", "The Gold Bug", "Four Beasts in One - The Homo-Camel-Leopard", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Mystery of Marie Roget", "The Baloon-Hoax", "Ms. Found in a Bottle", "The Oval Portrait".
Poe invented modern suspense. Each emotion that draws and assails human spirit is found in his work. You cannot read a horror novel or see a tragic operatic production without seeing Poe in the shadows. Whether in sing-song rhyme or austere prose, Poe tells pithy and terrifying tales. His writings evoke the Greek tragedies. Poe’s narrators are dangerously unreliable. No character’s sanity or decency can be taken at face value. Narrator Nicholas Stikoski reads Poe with utter sincerity. His curious but normal tone convinces you to trust what you hear, until the supernatural weirdness kicks in. Despite knowing the bait and switch, listeners will be lured by the certainty in Stikoski's voice to believe in dire and fantastic characters and events.
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